smiley

adjective
smil·ey | \ˈsmī-lē \

Definition of smiley 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: having a smile : smiling often smiley kids

smiley

noun

Definition of smiley (Entry 2 of 2)

Examples of smiley in a Sentence

Adjective

She's a very smiley kid.

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Two years ago, the smiley gray-and-white pooch disappeared from his home with the Frausto family. Kelli Bender, PEOPLE.com, "Dog Missing Two Years Reunites with Family After Pet Parents Spot Him on TV Adoption Segment," 6 July 2018 Interestingly enough, kombucha gave me the same slightly smiley temperament—in a good and natural way. Allison Young, Good Housekeeping, "The Weird Side Effects Of Drinking Kombucha Every Day For A Week," 26 Feb. 2016 Scallops are feminine, but not overly feminine, a great old-fashioned smiley shape. Lisa Cregan, House Beautiful, "Krista Ewart on Decorating a Cheerful Beach House," 18 July 2010 Over the years, the stumpy, smiley little pooches have appeared with Her Royal Highness in family photos, co-starred in sketches with Daniel Craig and posed with the Queen on the cover of Vanity Fair. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "The Last of the Queen’s Corgi Dynasty Has Died," 18 Apr. 2018 Jack is 13 now — a smiley kid with blond hair and taped-together blue-rimmed glasses — and his family had been anticipating this moment for years. Eric Boodman, STAT, "‘That’s $425,000 right there’ — the anxious launch of a gene therapy with a record sticker price," 21 Mar. 2018 Jack is 13 now — a smiley kid with blond hair and taped-together, blue-rimmed glasses — and his family had been anticipating this moment for years. Eric Boodman, BostonGlobe.com, "Gene therapy with record sticker price launched," 21 Mar. 2018 Because anything a famous mom does or posts online becomes an entryway for parental criticism, a smiley picture of North invited lurking critics to accuse Kim of having her infant daughter's eyebrows waxed. Mariah Smith, Cosmopolitan, "When Did Kim Kardashian Become So Savage? A Sincere Look Back.," 2 Feb. 2018 Weighing 7 pounds,13 ounces, Francisco Miranda made his Twitter debut in a perfectly smiley photo. Julia Marzovilla, Billboard, "Lin-Manuel Miranda Welcomes Second Baby Boy With Wife Vanessa: See the Smiling Pic," 2 Feb. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Since 2015, the consortium has had to choose the hues available for the complexions of smileys. Virginia Heffernan, WIRED, "The Delicate Art of Creating New Emoji," 28 June 2018 There’s a relaxed, string-laden R&B groove with glossy lead guitar from George Benson; the video has the cartoon group’s character 2-D skating around a Los Angeles beach while a smiley Jack Black clowns around and fakes the guitar licks. Jon Pareles, New York Times, "The Playlist: The 1975 Talk About Its Generation, and 9 More New Songs," 1 June 2018 This is the new Hadid, the smiley-faced, not at all bored Hadid. Shannon Carlin, refinery29.com, "Why Is Everyone Obsessed With Bella Hadid Learning How To Smile?," 14 May 2018 George was seemingly embarrassed about the whole situation, but returned to his outgoing, smiley self in no time. Rose Minutaglio, Harper's BAZAAR, "Prince George and Princess Charlotte Will Be in Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Wedding," 16 Apr. 2018 George was seemingly embarrassed about the whole situation, but returned to his outgoing, smiley self in no time. Rose Minutaglio, Harper's BAZAAR, "Prince George and Princess Charlotte Will Be in Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Wedding," 16 Apr. 2018 Among the upgrades being rolled out is a high-tech restroom-rating system that includes a touchscreen device for passengers to rate the facilities with a smiley or frowny face. Andrea Rumbaugh, Houston Chronicle, "Potty upgrades help IAH reach 4-star status," 21 Mar. 2018 Enjoying some downtime after her reported break from on-off boyfriend Justin Bieber, a smiley Gomez looked relaxed and carefree during a bike ride with a friend this Friday. Shannon Mahanty, Vogue, "Selena Gomez Gives Us a Lesson in ’90s Weekend Style," 17 Mar. 2018 Photo: Ezra Shaw/Getty Images The original Victor E. Bull was cuddly and smiley and slightly punk with a prominent nose ring. Ben Cohen, WSJ, "Buffalo Is the NCAA Tournament’s Cinderella. Why Aren’t They the Buffalo?," 16 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of smiley

Adjective

1848, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1987, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for smiley

Noun

short for smiley face

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smiley

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of smiley

: happy and cheerful : smiling a lot

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